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Oh Lord, 1981

In 1981, Dennis began to write and record music with Brian at Village Recorders, resulting in such tunes as "Oh Lord" and "Night Blooming". Stories of these sessions have become infamous in Beach Boys lore: they are sometimes referred to as the notorious "hamburger sessions", a reference to the reward strategy allegedly employed by Dennis to motivate Brian's songwriting activity. Unfortunately, ground beef was not the only substance reportedly abused at these sessions and soon the BBs made a point of keeping the two apart -- but not before a significant amount of tape had passed through the studio recording decks.

This song features Brian singing the lead, with Brian on organ and Dennis on piano. It is unmatched for it's raw emotional power and intense spiritual yearning.



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